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SHINee Replay – Kpop Music Mondays

June 13, 2011

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Yay! We’ve always wanted to do this song! It’s a really, really good song. Really good! It’s really old also, but we think it’s one of the few Kpop songs that actually aged well. Not sure about you, but whenever we listen to Kpop songs, we really like them for the first couple of months, but then, after a while, we can’t listen to them anymore. We loved Miss A’s “Bad Girl, Good Girl” at first, but now we can’t listen to it anymore. Does anyone else get that feeling with Kpop songs? There are a rare few songs that escape this pattern of intensely-love-then-can’t-listen-to-ever-again, and SHINee’s Replay happens to be one of those songs. In fact, it might be our favorite SHINee song ever. It’s definitely better than “Hello,” and – even though we liked the dance for “Lucifer” more – we happen to prefer the song for Replay.

We’ve also gotta say, we’re quite impressed with what Kpop’s doing outside of Korea. There’s a lot of attention being paid to the SM Town Paris, as well as the impact of Kpop in Japan. Seriously, when we were in Japan for a couple of days, it was amazing how popular Kpop was there. The convenience stores had lots of Kpop magazines there, TVXQ was advertising something in the Japanese 7-11s, and we even saw some girls on the elevator watching to Super Junior’s “Bonamana” on their cellphones. Now we’re seeing SHINee and Girls’ Generation releasing tracks in Japan. SHINee’s also supposed to be performing in London pretty soon as well. When we first came to Korea three years ago, we didn’t know that much about Kpop at all; we didn’t hear about it when we were in Canada. We wonder if that would still be the same now. Looking at the stats for our website, Korea’s not even our #1 source of traffic. It counts for only roughly 12% of it. We know that it’s a bit difficult to trust the Korean media’s take on hallyu and the spread of Korean culture, because they’ll always be more likely to toot their own horn louder than usual, like a mother praising her child’s accomplishments, but – from an outsider’s perspective, seeing as we’re not Korean by blood, marriage, or even visa status – we’ve gotta say that we’re impressed as well.

So hooray to the Japanese version of Replay, which seems to have translated well into Japanese…we’re guessing. We don’t speak any Japanese at all. Wish we could give it a Japanese meter. Anyone here know what they’re saying? As for the Japanese in the song, you’d give it a __ out of 5? We’re curious if they say anything like Loverholic Robotronic Supersonic Hypertonic…cuz that would be great if they did! We’d assume that the Japanese has to be better than the use of English in the song: for the Kpop version, the target audience is Korean, and English is sprinkled in; for the Jpop version, we’re assuming that the target audience is Japanese, and the English is still sprinkled in (with little to no improvement). The Japanese is dominant in the Jpop version, though, so somebody better have done their homework.

Replay Macro

All The Boys Love Me

As for the video itself, we’re a bit confused with the story line here. Our best guess is this: all of the guys are doing their own thing, and then they see this girl while they are all doing their own thing. They each, separately, fall in love with her. At the end of the video, when they’re all in this random room talking to each other with MacBooks and acoustic guitars (what are they doing in that room, anyway?) she walks in, and they all awkwardly laugh. Somehow, by looking at her, they all come to the realization that they have a crush on the same girl. Is that right? That’s our best guess. If that’s what the video’s supposed to be about, then a) this girl has one wickedly busy schedule if she’s doing art class, dance class, coffee shop studying, and fashion modelling, but that’s just a quibble. B) What’s this room that she walked into? How does everyone start laughing? And, more importantly, wouldn’t she feel awkward, knowing that all of these guys totally have the hots for her and are nervously laughing in front of her? We’re guessing that maybe she’s happy, because she happened to wrap and entire Kpop group around her pinky finger. Dont’ hate the player, hate the game.

Also, in our last video on F.T. Island’s “Hello Hello” we joked about the Kprop shop and how the same things are being reused in different Kpop videos. Did you see what was reused in this video? Anyone? It was by another SM band. That’s right: it was from TVXQ’s “Before You Go”, when they use the Matrix cameras. See, back when they used it for the TVXQ video, we found it kinda funny. Sure, it was befitting the context, in that Yunho jumps up and shoots his gun off midair, so the matrix camera made sense. Here, though, using the matrix camera for a pirouette and an awkward basketball shot just seems…awkward. Matrix cameras are cool when used for action sequences, and should not be used every time somebody jumps.

Otherwise, we hope that everyone was impressed at the introduction of our new Kpop group, F-Art: Fantastic Artists Reaching for Top. We were inspired by all the names we saw on Soompi’s article on Kpop names. Names like MBLAQ, F.Cuz, CN Blue and such made it clear to us that Kpop bands must have ridiculous acronyms in order to qualify, so we made ours. F-Art. We’re artists at heart, and we’re reaching for Top, though Martina’s idea of Top might be different than Simon’s idea of it. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that when we finally release our music video and album, make sure you buy it. We need to start thinking of a name for our fangroup as well. Maybe the Farticles? Get a group of you together and you should be called the Fart Cloud. P.S. yes, we’re adults and we still find fart jokes hilarious.

And on that note, since SM is doing so much in Japan now, we’re gonna recommend checking out Super Junior’s “Bonanama” single in Japan. It only seems fair, seeing how we saw girls in Japan watching Super Junior on their cellphones, and also seeing how we always tend to end off our WTF Contest videos by accidentally singing Bonamana. Hooray to Kpop in Japan! If you’re interested in buying the album, they ship internationally, so don’t worry about where you live. Yeah!

BONAMANA (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)

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  1. Lol, I don’t know if you were aware of this but BATOOST’s (B2ST) acronym is actually very similar to yours
    Boys To Search for Top

    Hmm…why does everyone want Top?…
    Never mind, stupid question. ^_~

    8 years ago
  2. Big Bang is going to win regardless, so I might as well vote before i watch the music videos :)  YAY Big Bang!

    8 years ago
  3. SHINee ALL THE WAY!!!!!

    8 years ago
  4. SHINee ALL THE WAY!!!!!

    8 years ago
  5. HAha, Martina you actutally worded the thougt of every SHINee-Noona. LOL
    Even though i’m 2 years younger than Taemin i still feel a Noona sometimes:P
    And Lol Martina you actutally put your wrong hand down (Or Simon edited it wrong)

    Adn my vote goes for SHINee (So Biased right now!)

    8 years ago
  6. HAha, Martina you actutally worded the thougt of every SHINee-Noona. LOL
    Even though i’m 2 years younger than Taemin i still feel a Noona sometimes:P
    And Lol Martina you actutally put your wrong hand down (Or Simon edited it wrong)

    Adn my vote goes for SHINee (So Biased right now!)

    8 years ago
  7. duh.. big bang

    8 years ago
  8. SHiNee, SHINee!!!!!!!!!! :) n noooo f.t island should have won :(

    8 years ago
  9. SHINee for me~ I don’t really watch the korean artists do JPop except for maybe BoA ’cause of the horrible pronunciation. I only watched Replay again because I’m a Shawol and I wanted to compare it with the old MV. Taeminnie lost his bowl hair-do!! Yessss!

    8 years ago
  10. SHINeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck yeah SHINee ftw!! <3

    8 years ago
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    8 years ago
  12. i vote shinee…and i’m going to be the buzzkill who mentions the blooper in your vid- the videos are switched….martina pushes down but the vid is still there, and then she’s left talking to empty air while the other vid floats mysteriously by her head…must be mordney holding it there with his massive mind! :) anyway, i thought it might be an easy-ish fix?

    8 years ago
  13. i’m going to vote for SHINee!! :) 

    8 years ago
  14. Vote for SHINee
    The matrix camera is the favorite thing of SM, they used it in Hello and Hurricane Venus also

    8 years ago
  15. Vote for BigBang

    8 years ago
  16. BIGBANG IS THE BEST~~!! YEAHHHH~~!!!

    8 years ago
  17. YES!!! VIP in the power!!!
    i chose BIGBANG!!!! BIGBANG!!!

    8 years ago
  18. SHINee of course…way way way better than BigBang’s..^^

    8 years ago
  19. 1 vote from me for SHINee ♥

    8 years ago
  20. SHINee <3 SHINee <3 SHINee <3 One of my fav kpop bands!!!! OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY'RE COMING TO LONDON!! ——i'm soo ready to stalk them on 19th ^^

    SHAWOLS WE MUST UNITE!

    8 years ago
  21. BIGBANG<3

    8 years ago
  22. SHINee gets my vote.

    At least the music video was actually redone, and not in 50% English. >_>

    8 years ago
  23. can we vote as many times as we want to? cuz i’m voting for SHINee again ^__^

    8 years ago
  24. SHINee!!!!! times infinity ^___^

    8 years ago
  25. BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG

    8 years ago
  26. One vote for SHINee :)
    And next week : SunnyHill – Midnight Circus :)!

    8 years ago
  27. oh forgot to vote..hehe
    I vote for SHINee cuz this Japanese version was better and i loved Taeminnie’s haircut :D
    even though i’m a VIP, i found the Jap. version of Tonight kinda awkward…they should try english version instead :D

    8 years ago
  28. SHINEE!  SHINEE!  SHINEE!  SHINEE!  Did I mention SHINee?  Also this is totally off-topic, but Martina…did you have your lip pierced in college?!  SQUEE!  So did I!!…Wait, did I just fan-girl on Martina?  hmmm…TAEMINILOVEYOU!

    8 years ago
  29. I am TEAM MARTINA!!!!!!!!! BIGBANG FTW!!! (although the video is just a rip-off from the Korean version)

    8 years ago
  30. Bigbang will destroy every one  if you vote for shinee you WILL die

    8 years ago
  31. BIG BANG BIG BANG BIG BANG BIG BANG!!! FTW

    8 years ago
  32. WHY SHE SO DAMN RUDE HAAAAAAAA /Lol
    love this week kpop music monday
    VOTE for hm, sorry simon, I VOTE FOR BIGBANG!XD<3

    8 years ago
  33. lol this was hilarious xD Martina..CN BLUE’s on the other side :P LOVED this k/jpop music monday! :D

    8 years ago
  34. lol this was hilarious xD Martina..CN BLUE’s on the other side :P LOVED this k/jpop music monday! :D

    8 years ago
  35. SHINee 

    8 years ago
  36. Bigbang

    8 years ago
  37. Shinee all the wayy ;D

    8 years ago
  38. Big Bang!!!!!

    8 years ago
  39. i’d have to go with SHINee… (partially because they’re my first kpop group i listened to, and partially because taemin is my ultimate bias. :D <3)
    also, i have to say that i LOVE every time you make references to "ayyy girl". XD i laugh (like an idiot!) at the computer every time. :d (yes, i love jyj…and dbsk…a lot… <3)

    8 years ago
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    8 years ago